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Physics 571: Modern Atomic Physics

Course Outline

Hydrogen and hydrogen-like atoms: Non-relativistic theory (review), atomic units, fine and hyperfine structure, effect of static electric and magnetic fields, Lamb shift and spontaneous decay


Atom/photon interactions: Density matrix and optical Bloch equations, dressed states, 3-level systems, Autler-Townes effect, dark states, laser spectroscopy


Cooling and trapping of neutral atoms: Light pressure forces, atom cooling-Doppler, Sisyphus and evaporative, atom trapping-magneto-optical, magnetic and optical


Bose-Einstein condensation: BEC in an ideal gas, atomic collisions and scattering length, weakly-interacting atomic condensate


Quantum degenerate fermions: Equilibrium properties, BCS state and Cooper pairing






Lectures M W F 9:00 - 9:50 AM


Homework (70%)


Term paper (30%)


Text: C. J. Foot, Atomic physics


C. J. Pethick and H. Smith, Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases



All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.